Home remedies are suitable for low grade fevers. A low grade fever is defined as an oral temperature of above 98.6° F (37° C) and lower than 100.4° F (38° C) for a period of 24 hours in adults. This temperature is measured differently for infants and children. To know how temperature is monitored in children’s fever, read here.
A fever is mainly an initial indication of an infection or a health problem. It’s a way for our body to fight internally with flu, malaria, etc, so it’s not necessarily a bad thing. The infection can be caused by bacteria or by virus. However, if your body temperature rises above 103° F, you are considered to have a high fever. Contact your healthcare provider right away in this case to get an appropriate treatment.
Common causes of fever are:-
Inflammatory diseases, gastroenteritis, urinary tract infections, ear infections, autoimmune disorders, cancer or blood clots.
Common fever symptoms are:-
Sweating, headache, muscle ache, dehydration, weakness, headache, muscle ache, dehydration, weakness, body shivering, loss of appetite.
Getting a fever is a generally good thing because it is a process of the body fighting with infection and the body will finally get stronger after that. However, if you get a fever again and again, you need to take extra cautions as this can signify a more serious health issue.
For low grade fevers, there are many home remedies to help your body fight with the sickness naturally at home.
Dip a clean cloth in cold water then squeeze excess water out of it. Keep the cloth on various places like the forehead, soles of feet, stomach etc. Repeating this will reduce fever. Keep changing cloth after some time. This remedy is very beneficial for high fevers because it controls body temperature.
Note:- Do not use really cold water suddenly because it can lead to more chances of increasing body temperature.
Basil is one of the best herbs for the treatment of so many health issues, and fever is one of them. It works as an antibiotic and helps reduce fever fast. Heat 20 basil leaves and one spoon of ground ginger with one glass of water until the water remains half. Then put some honey in it and drink it as tea. This is a great tea recipe for fighting sickness. Drink it 2-3 times a day. Another way of using basil is you can eat fresh basil leaves by chewing them. This is one of the best home remedies that I resort to frequently.
Apple Cider Vinegar:-
Apple cider vinegar is inexpensive yet very effective in the fever treatment. The acid in apple cider vinegar helps with removing toxics caused by the fever through the skin. Apple cider vinegar also contains various minerals that can supplement the lack of minerals in the body due to fever. Put 1½ cup apple cider vinegar in hot bathing water. Then dip your whole body in this mixture of water for 10 minutes. You can notice the benefits of this bath within 20 minutes. When the body temperature rises again, repeat this remedy.
There is another way to use apple cider vinegar in fever treatment. Mix one cup apple cider vinegar in 2 cups of water. Then soak a clean cloth in this solution, squeeze excess water from the cloth and keep it on your forehead. You can also place this cloth on the sole of your feet. When the cloth gets warm, dip a second cloth, squeeze that and keep it on the parts of your body that feel warm. Repeat this process based on your need.
A third way of using apple cider vinegar to bring down the temperature in a fever is to make a drink from it. Mix 2 spoons of apple cider vinegar and one spoon honey in one glass of water then drink it. It’s advisable to drink it 2-3 times a day to get the relief from a fever.
Garlic has a wonderful warm nature that increases sweating and leads to a decrease in fever. It helps with removing toxic materials from the body and improves the recovery speed. Garlic is an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agent which helps fighting with body infection as well.
Put one mashed garlic clove in one glass of boiling water. You can drink this solution as a tea. Do this twice a day during the fever or even when you don’t have it, and you will start seeing a difference in your health in a better way.
Another way to use garlic is to mix two mashed garlic cloves in two spoons of olive oil and heat this mixture slightly. Apply it on the soles of your feet daily before sleeping. You can also put on socks to keep the garlic mixture on. In most cases, this remedy can treat fever in one or two nights.
Note:- Pregnant women and small children should not use garlic.
Raisins help fight body infection and reduce fever. It has phenolic phytonutrients which have high antibacterial and anti-oxidant properties. It also works as a tonic in fever.
Soak 25 raisins in one glass of water for one hour. Then mash them in the water which will make the mixture into a juice. You can filter the raisin pulps out from this juice and squeeze one lemon in it. That makes a tasty juice that you can drink twice a day for better results.
Ginger is a mighty herb that helps reduce inflammation and stimulate perspiration through which the body can get rid of toxics. It also naturally protects your body from virus and bacteria and helps the immune system fight infection.
You can use ginger to create a detox bath. Mix two large spoon of ginger powder in a bathtub filled with warm water. Alternatively, you can slice fresh ginger and simmer the ginger in water on the stove. Then use this warm ginger water to mix with the water in the tub. Next, just sit and relax in this water for 10 minutes or as long as you feel comfortable. Remember you don’t want to bring up the body temperature with hot water. Luke warm water is recommended. Ginger will open up your pores so the toxics can escape from them. After you are done with the bath, dry yourself and lie down on the bed and put a cool washcloth on the head or sip on some basil or ginger tea to let the body relax and do its healing course.
The cooling properties in mint helps cool the internal system and decreases the body temperature. It can expel excessive heat in the body. Mint tea is a great home remedy. To make mint tea, put one spoon mashed fresh mint leaves in one glass water and boil for 10 minutes. Then mix this mint water with some honey to make it a tea and drink this tea four times a day. You can also put a slice of ginger in it to give the tea a tiny spicy flavor.
The other use of mint is with peppermint oil. Menthol in peppermint is a great clearer for the air passage in your system, and can help with reducing fever and respiratory issues. Take 2-3 drops of peppermint oil and mix them with other carrier oil such as almond or avocado oil and rub this oil mixture on your chest for 2-3 minutes. If you have headache or joint pains with the fever, apply the peppermint oil and carrier oil mixture on your forehead and the joints and massage them gently to relieve the pain. Peppermint has a pleasant aroma that will also help you relax and fight the fever effectively.
Egg white is effective for mild fever as it helps prevent the fever from climbing higher. It works as a cooling gel and absorbs the heat off your body. Egg white is a quick way to treat fever from head to feet.
Take out egg white by breaking two or three eggs. Now make it thin by mashing. Then soak a cloth in it and put the cloth on the soles of your feet. You can put on socks to keep the cloth in place. When the cloth gets warm, apply the cloth in the egg white and put it on your feet again. Repeat this until your fever is brought down.
Egg white can draw the heat out of the body. Use egg whites when your fever spikes again.
Turmeric is also considered very effective in treating fever. It has a chemical compound named Curcumin, which has antiviral, anti-fungal, antibacterial and antioxidant properties. Turmeric aids the immune system in fighting with any kind of infection. It prevents complications related to fever and reduces fever.
Mix half spoon turmeric powder and one-fourth spoon of black pepper in one glass of warm milk then drink it two times a day.
Sandalwood has therapeutic and cooling properties which decrease the inflammation of fever. It also helps in reducing headache due to fever. Make a paste by mixing 1½ spoon of sandalwood in a cup of water. Now apply this paste on the forehead. Change this paste every 3 hours.
Note:- For better results use good quality sandalwood.
Important things to remember always when you have a fever:
- Keep hydrated: The high heat in the body makes you loose water quickly, so be sure to drink plenty of water.
- Do not use extra cold water or ice.
- Rest for 2-3 days completely.
- Eat green vegetables.
- Do not eat cold or stale food.
- Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.
These are 10 natural home remedies that can help anyone in the problem of fever. I am sure it will help you lot. Please also share these home remedies with your friends and family.
Have a nice day!